Solar System Exploration
Mating of LVA
September 17, 2004
Mating of LVA
This infrared movie from NASA's Cassini mission shows the churning of the curious six-sided jet stream at Saturn's north pole known as "the hexagon."
Hexagon in Silhouette
Glowing like a neon lasso, Saturn’s aurora is seen spinning above Saturn’s north pole over the course of most of a Saturn day in this movie made from multiple images taken by the ultraviolet imagin...
Ultraviolet Aurora Movie
The Cassini mission’s epic 13-year exploration of Saturn is coming to a close. On Sept. 15, the spacecraft will make a planned plunge into the atmosphere of Saturn in order to protect pristine icy ...
A Journey's End
This data visualization represents twenty years' worth of data showing the abundance of life both on land and in the sea.
Earth: Our Living Planet
No one really knew what Vesta looked like until NASA’s Dawn spacecraft decided to drop in on it. Now, images taken by the spacecraft have been stitched together to create a virtual flyover of the j...
An overview video of the OSIRIS-REx mission.
In this movie, strung together from a series of images provided by the framing camera on NASA's Dawn spacecraft, we see a full rotation of Vesta, which occurs over the course of roughly five hours.
Vesta Full Rotation Movie
This short movie shows the view of Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69 (nicknamed Ultima Thule) as seen by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft from Dec. 7, 2018 to Jan. 1, 2019. During the approach, Ultima Thu...
Approach to Ultima Thule
This graphic shows a 3-D model of 98 geysers whose source locations and tilts were found in a Cassini imaging survey of Enceladus' south polar terrain by the method of triangulation.
Geyser Basin in 3-D (video)
This movie is based on data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft and shows a flyover of an area of Saturn's moon Titan known as Sotra Facula
Flyover of Sotra Facula, Titan
This animation, derived from data obtained by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, shows how plasma swirling around Saturn is correlated to bursts of radio waves emanating from the planet.
Saturn Plasma and Radio Waves, as Seen by Cassini
NASA’s Cassini mission will come to a spectacular close on September 15, 2017 after almost two decades in space since its launch in 1997.
Science@NASA: Cassini's Finale
The animation archived on this page shows the geocentric phase, libration, position angle of the axis, and apparent diameter of the Moon throughout the year 2017, at hourly intervals.
Moon Phase and Libration, 2017
NASA's Dawn spacecraft flys over dwarf planet Ceres which Dawn has been orbiting for mre than a year, providing us with fascinating views of an alien world.
Unveiling Ceres (Animation)
With kaleidoscopic forms and hues, these two false-color views from NASA's Cassini spacecraft show the patterns that come and go in the course of one Saturn day within the huge storm in the planet'...
This computer-generated animation shows all of Cassini's orbits - affectionaly called the "ball of yarn" by mission planners.
The Ball of Yarn: Cassini's Orbits
SDO collected images of the rarest predictable solar event—the transit of Venus across the face of the Sun in 2012.
Venus Transit Across the Sun (2014)
This image shows that NASA's Dawn mission detected abundances of hydrogen in a wide swath around the equator of the giant asteroid Vesta. The hydrogen probably exists in the form of hydroxyl or wat...
Hydrogen Hotspots on Vesta
This is a computer simulation of the final stage of the growth of a "clump" in Saturn's rings.
The heavens often seem vast and unchanging as seen from Earth, but movement in the skies is the norm. The relative motions of both Cassini and Enceladus over a 15-minute period create the movement ...
Nevertheless, It Moves
A simplified model of Jupiter's massive magnetic field, known as a magnetosphere.
Jupiter's Magnetic Field Visualization
Dwarf planet Ceres is shown in these false-color renderings, which highlight differences in surface materials.
Ceres Rotation and Occator Crater
Animation of Cassini's final orbit, leading to a pass by the moon Titan which sends the spacecraft plunging into Saturn on Sept. 15, 2017.
Cassini's Final Orbit
An update on findings from Cassini's latest flyby of Saturn's largest moon, Titan.
Cassini at Saturn Sept. 22, 2006
This movie uses data from NASA's Dawn spacecraft to simulate the view from the spacecraft flying over the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta.
Dawn's Virtual Flight over Vesta
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